Your Initial Visit

If you plan on visiting our dentist in Edwardsville, Illinois for the first time, you're probably wondering what to expect. We have a patient-friendly process to ensure your comfort and convenience. Remember that consultations are a great opportunity for you to meet our dentist personally. Our dentist can inform you on the different procedures offered and which fits you best. Let us walk you through the experience:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              :

Your First Visit to Our Dental Office

 If you plan on visiting our dentist in Edwardsville, Illinois for the first time, you're probably wondering what to expect. We have a patient-friendly process to ensure your comfort and convenience. Remember that consultations are a great opportunity for you to meet our dentist personally. Our dentist can inform you on the different procedures offered and which fits you best. Let us walk you through the experience:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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Smile Reminders

It can be easy to forget when you scheduled a dental appointment. But now we'll remind you with a "Smile Reminder" via email or text message, and even provide driving directions if it's your initial visit. Just click on the link below to let us know how you'd like to be contacted. We'll do the rest!

Smile Reminder Consent Form

Download the release of records consent form.

Records Release Form

Initial Consultation

Consultations are a great opportunity for you to meet our dentist. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that are offered and how you can benefit from them.

New Patient Paperwork

If you're satisfied with our dentist after the initial meeting, our team will help you set an appointment. Prior to the appointment, you will be required to fill out new patient forms where you'll be able to provide all prior dental history/records. It is suggested that you come at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make sure that you have plenty of time to fill out these forms.

This paperwork comes in two categories both of which need to be properly completed. The first set of forms requires personal details like name, age, home address, etc. You'll also be required to complete a medical history form in which you'll have to provide complete information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems, dental insurance, details about the policy and the insurance provider.

It is important for you to be precise and truthful in answering all the questions as any wrong answer could impact your future treatment.

Our office also provides patients with the choice of filling out the forms prior to arrving at the clinic. This means that you can visit the website and fill out the enrollment forms online. Not only does this save you time and ensures a hassle-free appointment scheduling, but also an efficient and effective visit. You may download health history forms from our website and fill in all the required details. This information will be stored in our database and will be evaluated prior to your session with our dentist.

New patient forms

 Click the following link to download our new patient forms:  

New Patient Form

Comprehensive Examination

After studying your dental health history, our dentist will examine your gums, teeth, and mouth. This procedure is known as a comprehensive exam and is performed to gauge the state of your dental health and hygiene. An important part of the comprehensive exam is the cleaning. The teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before moving onto the x-rays so that there are no extra particles in your mouth at that may effect the final x-ray.

Our dentist generally looks for any sensitivity, decay, and redness around the gums and teeth during the examination. Even though our dentist will have already studied your medical and dental history from the forms you filled, he or she might still ask you questions about your teeth and general oral health issues while examining you. This is common in the event that our dentist sees anything unusual or something which was not mentioned in the forms.

X-Ray

After conducting the comprehensive exam, our dentist will take an X-ray of your mouth, which will give a clear picture of the status of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases, and cavities. The X-rays are more effective when done each time a patient comes in either with a severe or minor problem, especially with the state of teeth changing so quickly.

The panoramic radiographs are the most common types of dental X-rays since they provide the dentist a much detailed view of the teeth and jaw. The dentist is able to spot any impacted teeth or jaw fractures easily with the panoramic X-ray.  

Although believed to be a lengthy process, X-rays usually don’t take more than a few minutes and are completely safe. Our dentist will guide you through the simple procedure by asking you to bite down on gauze, while the rest of the body is protected from the X-ray machine with a device that will cover it. Only the mouth will be scanned by the machine.

Post Examination Discussion

After the dental check-up, our dentist will discuss your results with you and guide you through any of the irregularities or decay that were found in your mouth. He or she will also mention the various treatment options that are offered at our clinic. You will help decide with your dentist the most appropriate and detailed treatment plan for you, customized to your requirements to help solve your dental issues.

After discussing your future treatment, you will also receive the total costs for any particular procedure.  Our office offers payment plans and our dentist and staff can guide you in selecting what best suits you. At this time, you may discuss with your dentist the suggested treatments and the expenses.  If you have dental or medical insurance and you are planning on using this benefit to cover any procedure, you may discuss the coverage with our dentist, as well.

Follow-Up Appointment

After meeting with our dentist at  Sunset Hills Family Dental in and discussing your treatment and questions at length, you will be scheduled for a follow-up session.. These follow-up sessions will be mostly for cleaning and preparing your tooth for the upcoming procedures.

It is highly suggested that people have follow-up sessions twice a year to prevent any cavities, tooth decay or oral health issues from developing.  During these routine checkups, the teeth are usually cleaned and treated to ensure that they remain in good shape.

We understand that a number of people have a busy routine and it is not an easy task to remember a dental appointment. To deal with this concern, our office always provides our patients with a smile reminder, which is either sent through a text message or an email, in order to help you remember your dental appointment and even driving directions for your initial visit.